Strong storm caused tree to come down on Cherry Avenue on power lines

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Strong, fast-moving storms caused major problems across Charlottesville Monday evening. A tree fell by Buford Middle School, knocking down power lines and causing a massive outage along Cherry Avenue.

Firefighters at the scene said the tree damaged up to 15 utility poles and pulled down on wires. The transformers on Roosevelt Brown Boulevard completely blew.

The area between the intersections of Jones Street and Roosevelt Brown Boulevard was blocked off. Firefighters warned people to avoid the area because they could not guarantee the power lines were not live.

After firefighters secured the area, Dominion Power then had the job of removing the tree and fixing the power.

Both residents and businesses down Cherry Avenue felt the impact. Matthew Gillikin and his seven-year-old son Jack went for a walk after their power went out.

"We decided to go investigate,” said Matthew.

"We knew that the wind was going really really hard,” said Jack. “Well, we thought that a tree might go down but we didn't think that much."

Leeann Tate, the assistant manager of the Market at Cherry Avenue, said the power outage was a big hit on the day’s business since the power went out during their busiest time of the day.

"Now people can't even stop to get gas and we've actually had to tell people, look our power is out, I'm sorry,” said Tate. “We can't ring you up. The gas pumps are out. You're not going to be able to get anything."

Tate worried about how much food will have to be thrown out because of the outage.

Dominion started to get power restored in the area just before 10 p.m. More than 2,500 customers were without power.

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